Tired of waiting to receive the body of a Covid-19 victim in Ecuador 1Tired of waiting to receive the body of a Covid-19 victim in Ecuador 1

(Dan Tri) – The Covid-19 epidemic has overloaded the health system, funeral home, and morgue in an Ecuadorian city.

Shocked at the scene of Covid-19 victims’ bodies left abandoned on the street in Ecuador

Relatives of Covid-19 victims arrived at Los Ceibos hospital, Guayaquil, Ecuador on April 8 (Photo: AFP)

An unpleasant smell arose when a staff member in a protective suit walked out the door of Los Ceibos hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

It was a difficult sight.

But for Isabel Hernandez, a 43-year-old mother of three, the waiting doesn’t stop here.

`The last time I saw him was when they put him on a breathing tube last Friday (April 3),` Hernandez told AFP.

This woman’s husband died on April 5 from Covid-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

As a not large country with a population of 17.5 million people, Ecuador is one of the countries most seriously affected by Covid-19 in Latin America, with nearly 5,000 cases and 272 deaths.

Tired of waiting to receive the body of a Covid-19 victim in Ecuador

Guayaquil, the largest city in the country, is the epicenter of the epidemic.

It took Hernandez 2 days to get the necessary documents to submit so she could receive her husband’s body.

A row of cars with coffins on top lined up in front of Los Ceibos hospital.

Hernandez hopes her husband’s body will be handed over at the next announcement.

“What I want is to take my husband away from this place,” Hernandez sobbed.

The woman feared that her husband’s body would be taken to burial trenches provided by the government, which Hernandez described as not much different `from a mass grave.`

Over the past several weeks, the bodies of people who died from Covid-19 have been stuck in many houses because of the overload of morgues – a system partially paralyzed because of the curfew in Guayaquil.

System overload

Tired of waiting to receive the body of a Covid-19 victim in Ecuador

The coffin of a dead person is brought to a cemetery in Guayaquil (Photo: Reuters)

Guayaquil, a city of 2.7 million people, is the capital of the province of Guayas.

At the city’s largest hospital – Los Ceibos, the crisis is getting worse.

On the other side, people wearing masks waited.

Marlene Rivadeneira, 53 years old, is hoping for a miracle that can save her 60-year-old sister Isabel.

`I don’t know if she went crazy after seeing so many people die,` Rivadeneira said, saying her sister, while waiting to be treated, witnessed at least 10 dead people being carried out.

From March 19, Los Ceibos hospital canceled all doctor’s examinations and transferred most stable patients.

Guayaquil’s health system is under increasing pressure, with hundreds of patients waiting in hallways and medical staff taking time off work because they keep falling ill.

The government said 417 medical workers were infected with the coronavirus.

Last week, Guayaquil authorities received thousands of cardboard boxes used as coffins as the number of deaths from Covid-19 increased.

Tired of waiting to receive the body of a Covid-19 victim in Ecuador

Empty cardboard boxes used as coffins in Guayaquil (Photo: Reuters)

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